Azkals booter gets first key of all-new Kia Rio

By Patrick Everett Tadeo Philipine Car News - Azkal booter gets the first key of newly-launched, all-new Kia Rio

Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the official distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines, has just launched the all-new Kia Rio subcompact sedan and hatchback. And who was the very first recipient to get the keys to the all-new model? None other than the Philippine Azkals football team's left winger Emelio 'Chieffy' Caligdong.

According to Precious Casao, CAC's public relations and events officer, as a reward for the team's longest-serving players, the company gave four of them--Ian Araneta, Edward Sacapańo, Roel Gener and Anton Del Rosario--a new Kia Picanto last December. Caligdong was supposed to receive the fifth Picanto but when he was informed about the arrival of the all-new Kia Rio, he chose the newer, much larger model.

As a Philippine Air Force enlisted personnel, buying a brand-new car seemed out of reach for Caligdong which is why he was elated not only to be the very first owner of the third-generation Kia Rio in the country but also because it's his very first brand-new car.

"I'm very happy and honored to be the very first owner of the all-new Kia Rio," said Caligdong. "We're currently training in Batangas for our match against Icheon Citizen and I'm really looking forward to driving it there tonight and then driving it back again to Manila tomorrow to prepare for our match."

Let's hope that Caligdong's happiness at owning an all-new Kia Rio rubs off on the Azkals' game against South Korea's  Icheon Citizen Football Club on January 21 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

CAC has been sponsoring the Philippine Azkals since May 2011.


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  • mindkinetic Jan 20 2012 @ 03:12pm
    well at least this azkal player is a true (pure breed pinoy) unlike those who are not just mixed blood but can't even speak decent tagalog. wahahahaa
  • Kim John Jan 20 2012 @ 04:27pm
    dapat talaga may reward yung mga azkals..
  • blazinthrower Jan 20 2012 @ 05:49pm
    What about the PH dragon boat team? Wala na naman? Hmmp... showbiz...
    • blazinthrower Jan 20 2012 @ 06:07pm
      Di hamak na lahat yun ay tunay na Filipino, sa dugo at sa papeles.
    • tidus1203 Jan 20 2012 @ 06:46pm
      Eh mas gwapo mga Azkals eh (yung mga mixed blood) so syempre duon ang masa hahaha
    • rdjl_13 Jan 21 2012 @ 03:53pm
      As what I know, Kia is one of the sponsors of Azkals. :)
    • Kyoichi Sudo Jan 21 2012 @ 05:19pm
      pre, bagay dyan ung company na mumurahin ang mga kotse, HYUNDAI
  • myas110 Jan 20 2012 @ 07:26pm
    swerte naman ni chieffy...
  • dsobreo Jan 20 2012 @ 09:27pm
    ganda ng hatch! HID headlamps and foglamps!
  • dsobreo Jan 20 2012 @ 09:29pm
    nakita ko na silang 2 ni Ian Araneta with matching pic! Sa launching nito sa MOA!
  • lomo13 Jan 24 2012 @ 10:35pm
    you deserve this and more chieffy. enjoy your new ride!
  • Sniper Jan 25 2012 @ 06:01am
    Red Hot Car w/ Flaming Red hot Babe,,, Pwde ba mag try out s Azkals..Hehe
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